By Ben Efe
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has moved one step on world coaches ranking for the national teams for the month of April. Keshi is rated the 27th best national coach in the world and the fifth best in Africa despite his triumphant run at the last Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Keshi, who has coached in Togo and Mali, finally made an impact with the Super Eagles when he won the Nations Cup, became the second African to win the trophy as captain and a coach after Egypt’s Mahmoud El Gohary, but all that failed to give Keshi a quantum leap on the world rankings.
Spain coach Vincente Del Bosque is the world’s best coach. While Joachim Lowe of Germany, Bert van Marwijk of Holland, Oscar Taberez of Uruguay, US-born Egyptian coach, Bob Bradley, Reinaldo Rueda Ecuador, Fabio Capello Russia, Morten Olsen Denmark Claudio Cesare Prandelli Italy and Venezuela’s César Farías make the world top ten coaches.
Keshi will come face to face with the Del Bosque and Taberez at the Confederation’s Cup June in Brazil.
At the continental level, Bradley tops the top ten ranking with Michel Dussuyer (19th) of Equatorial Guinea, Zambia coach Herve Renard (24th), Egypt legend Hassan Shehata (26th), Stephen Keshi (27th), Francois Zahoui (45th), Sami Trabelsi (52nd), Alain Giresse (53rd), Kinnah Phiri (63rd), Claude Le Roy (65th) and Rabah Saadane (66th) making up the numbers.
The Football Coach World Ranking is world’s first ranking of football coaches based on actual performance. The national team coach ranking is monthly calculated on the results of 3,800 national soccer matches played over the last 48 months.
The coaches earn ranking points in those international matches that give points for FIFA’s World Ranking. Founded in the Netherlands in 2010, the Institute of Football Coaching Statistics is an independent provider of football coach performance data and statistical analysis.
Jose Mourinho is the world’s best club coach. J. Heynckes of Bayern Munich, Barca’s Tito Vilanova, Diego Simone of Athletico Madrid, Vanderlei Luxemburgo of Grêmio, Man United’s Alex Ferguson J. Klopp of Borussia Dortmund, Tite of Corinthians, Ho Go Kim of Ulsan make up the top ten.
There are no Nigerian club coaches in the world club top 400.